Dingell Statement Clarifying Comments on Paul W. Smith Show

Mar 24, 2010 Issues: Health Care

Washington, DC - Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI15), made the following statement this morning to clarify a comment he made yesterday on WJR 760AM in Detroit on the Paul W. Smith Show, a comment which is now being distorted by right-wing blogs for political purposes.

“Right-wing bloggers are attempting to take my words out-of-context in another pathetic attempt to destroy the historic step taken yesterday for our country.   During an interview on Paul W. Smith’s show, I said:

‘The harsh fact of the matter is when you're going to pass legislation that will cover 300 [million] American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.’

“If one were to listen to the entire interview, and not just a clip creatively chopped up for political gain, it is obvious that by ‘people’ I was referring to the insurance companies who we must do a better job of overseeing.  Specifically, we are going to end the deplorable practices of those who rescind the health insurance policies of people on gurneys heading into emergency rooms. 

“We have a lot of work ahead of us to bring the insurance companies in-line with the new law and to ensure that they are doing what’s right for the American people.  It will take time to make sure the system designed to make sure the companies are accountable is up and working as it should be - for the benefit the citizens of the United States of America, not to control them. 

“The bill signed into law yesterday by President Obama is a tremendous step forward for the United States and its citizens.  This legislation will slow the growth of out-of-control health costs, introduce competition into the health care marketplace to keep coverage affordable and insurers honest, protect people’s choices of doctors and health plans, and ensure all Americans have access to quality, stable, affordable health care. Our families, small businesses, and seniors will feel positive effects of reform immediately and building until 2014.”